Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
And here's the after!
Doesn't she look so much more grown up? We love it. It's so much easier to work with now and it even looks and feels thicker.After that it was time to get down to business. Nate set up the White Trash Slip-N-Slide and the kids went crazy. (p.s. So glad that you made it Jaime Face! The kids all had a blast together and it was good to see your Jaime Face one last time.)For those of you who don't know, the White Trash Slip-N-Slide is my family's version of a Slip-N-Slide. Through the years we have desecrated many brand name Slip-N-Slides. They just can't hold up to all the kids, and ok maybe the occasional parent, in our family. So for years now we have been using good old construction tarp and dish soap so that it's extra slippery. Look at cute little Johnny. This is his first exposure to the Slip-N-Slide experience. He doesn't quite know what to think. We'll win him over!You laugh but it has provided years and years of entertainment at countless parties and family events through the years. In fact, I'm not even sure if my kids have ever seen an actual Slip-N-Slide.
Oh my goodness I was so very excited because my cousin Ryley, who I haven't seen in forever, came with his Mom Sonja and his Nephew Johnny. It was so good to see them and meet little Johnny.
After some good clean Slip-N-Slide fun, it was time for a mud bath.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
And get this, Chelsea offered to take my kids home with her so that Brian and I could have a night alone together. Can you believe it?! I don't think we've had a whole night alone together in about 4 years.
Then after we walked around and found a cute little shop, and Brian bought me a ring and a necklace! I felt way to spoiled! A whole night alone with my husband who I adore and jewelry? How did I get so lucky? It was just what we needed to recharge our Daddy/Mommy batteries and remind us of what it was like when it was just the two of us.
I think God signed his name at the end of that perfect day. Like it was his gift to us.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
Your are always at or side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Messy face Ava (she liked the spaghetti too) and Great Grandma Helen.
Grandma Helen asked if she could borrow Ava's shoes because they were so cute. She was thinking about it.
Here's Ava on Pat's bridge. "Look Mommy. No hands!"
Check out that little number.
These dancing horses were really cool I have to admit.And then this happened...
And we were all suddenly very confused.
A blue haired mermaid...
Waving a rainbow feather duster...
in the middle of the desert...Still not so sure but, moving on...
Then came the Fire Truck. And they gave the girls some cool hats! There were a few more things in the parade.
Not much though.
The whole thing lasted about 5 minutes.
But it was still fun to see the town come together and pull it off.
I'm still kinda sad that Brian's flight didn't get in early enough for us to make the Beer drinking contest at the Park after the parade.
And that is not a joke. They had a beer drinking contest listed on the flyer for the "family fun day."
*insert eye roll here*
Later in the afternoon, Brian got to my Grandma's house and we were all very excited to see him. The kids were running around like crazy because they could not contain themselves. It was so cute.
After that we headed over to my parents house where my Dad made an awesome dinner, as usual. And we visited with family. It was nice to see Gayl and Margaret again. We had seen them at the wedding a week ago, and at the rehearsal. What a treat.
Can you believe it? These two are actually playing nicely and no one is bleeding! Guess they found their way of bonding, dress up.